Anil Kumar Sinha
NEW DELHI: Bihar cadre IPS Officer Anil Kumar Sinha has been appointed as the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Sinha, who belongs to the IPS 1979 batch, was serving as the Special Director of the premier investigative agency, handling the probe into the Special Crime cases related to Mumbai zone, Lucknow, Zone, STF, Kolkata, North- East and also cases related to Economic Offences.
Anil Sinha will take over from Ranjit Sinha, who retired on Tuesday. Anil Sinha was picked by from a panel of 43 IPS officers by a high-level Selection Committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Chief Justice of India(CJI) H L Dattu and Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge were the panel’s other two members.
“The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet(ACC) has approved the appointment of Anil Kumar Sinha, IPS Bihar Cadre, 1979 batch as Director, CBI for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the post vice Ranjit Sinha consequent on completion of his tenure on 2.12.2014,” an official communique said.
Before joining the CBI as Special Director in 2013, Anil Sinha had served as Additional Secretary in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
A Psychology Master’s with an M.Phil in Strategic Studies, Sinha had earlier held several important positions in his parent cadre in Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department and served as SP, DIG, IG & ADG. He also served as DIG and IG in Special Protection Group (SPG), a specialised security unit that guards the Prime Minister and immediate family members. He has been a recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2000 and the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service in 2006.
Anil Sinha is taking charge at a time when the credibility of the premier investigation agency is at an all- time low. In fact, the probe agency is already under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court for allegedly scuttling probes in coalgate and 2G spectrum scam. His biggest challenge would be to restore the credibility of the agency.